It had been a hard month for the Nationals in September. The club had gone winless through in its first four games, which made up half of an eight game losing streak.
With the Nationals down 2-0 going into the bottom of the eight last night, it seemed more than eminent that the streak would go to nine games. Then, with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Wil Nieves earned a walk to load the bases.
Following Nieves came the first hero of the night, journeyman Mike Morse. Morse, only 3/13 on the year, provided a pinch hit single off of Marlins reliever Kiko Calero, driving in two runs and tying up the game.
The Nats entered the top of the ninth with a brand new ball game.
Nationals close Mike MacDougal took the mound to try and preserve the tie game so the Nationals could make a move in the bottom of the ninth. Things didn’t work according to plan. With two runners on former National Nick Johnson hit a single to drive in Cameron Maybin and Chris Coghlan. The closer had failed, the Nationals would now go into the 9th inning down 4-2.
Entering the ninth with no one out Willie Harris led things off with a first pitch solo shot to right field, igniting the Nationals spirits and hopes.
On the very next pitch, Cristian Guzman legged out an infield single to second base, barley beating a Dan Uggla throw.
Then, with a 1-1 count, Ryan Zimmerman did what he has done his entire career, delivered in the clutch. The star third baseman rocketed a shot to center, leaving the park, giving the Nats the 5-4 victory, and a walk off bomb to remember.